Five Unique Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day in the Philadelphia Area

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Love is definitely in the air -- with a twist -- as some unusual Valentine's Day activities hit the Philadelphia area. Check out these five unique Philly finds that are sure to blow your Valentine's mind.

Moonshine and Valentines -- National Constitution Center

525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, (215) 409-6600

Eat your heart out, Roxie Hart. If you're looking for a Roaring Twenties take on Valentine's Day, look no further than the National Constitution Center for Moonshine and Valentines, which will feature live music by the Boilermaker Jazz Band and cabaret performances from the musical "Chicago." There will also be a photo op-ready red carpet and the exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Top the night off with food, whiskey cocktails and Love Stout from Philly's Yards Brewing Company. Feb. 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Admission: $35 for non-members, $30 for members.

Red Wine, Dark Chocolate and Animals -- Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia, (215) 482-7300

Wine, chocolate, and amorous animals are on the Valentine's Day menu at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, where the Nature Uncorked series presents a look at animals' adaptions for mating and reproduction. If you've never seen giraffe "necking," this look at romance in nature will be a real eye-opener. Pre-registration is required. Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., $20 for members; $25 for non-members.

Valentine's Aphrodisiac Dinner -- City Food Tours

Day by Day Restaurant, 2101 Sansom St. Philadelphia, (215) 564-5540

This 21-and-over dinner event is described as "slightly naughty," but what else would you expect with a three-course menu that features 18 different aphrodisiac ingredients? There will also be between-course tidbits on the science of aphrodisiacs. BYOB (max one bottle per couple.) Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. $59 per person (plus tax and tip). You can buy tickets here.

Valentine's Day Love Stories -- Eastern State Penitentiary

2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia, (215) 236-5111

This Valentine's Day weekend, take a look behind the prison walls at Eastern State Penitentiary at some love stories that had no boundaries. In a one-hour guided tour, learn about secret inmate love letters, and a prisoner whose love affair with a society woman helped secure his pardon. Feb. 14-17. Tickets for these four days are buy one, get one free if purchased in advance online.

Valentine's Day Tour -- Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

1020 South Street, Philadelphia, (215) 733-0390

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is the romantic setting for wine and a special private candlelit tour that focuses on the romantic aspects of the mosaicked arts center. The love story of Magic Gardens creator Isaiah Zagar and his wife Julia will be spotlighted. $12 per person. Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. (6 p.m. tour is sold out.) Reservations are required. Call to register or email

Victoria Leigh Miller is a freelance writer who resides in Philadelphia.

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